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Iron Mountain edges Flivvs, 2-1

Penalty kick decides rivalry; 2nd meeting Monday at Commemorative Field

(Matt McCarthy/Daily News photo) Kingsford senior Dennis Neuens (6) follows the ball as Iron Mountain senior Kurt Audio-Ryan (4) prepares to make a play in Tuesday’s boys soccer rivalry game at Commemorative Field in Kingsford. Each player scored a goal in the game, a 2-1 Iron Mountain victory.

KINGSFORD — A penalty kick less than four minutes into the second half, was blasted into the net by Norway senior Dylan Wolsker — playing for Iron Mountain — as the host Mountaineers slipped past rival Kingsford 2-1 in boys soccer action Tuesday at Commemorative Field in Kingsford.

A friendly rivalry ensues each time these teams take the field against one another, and Tuesday evening was no different. Though it was the Mountaineers who were the more aggressive of the two teams on the night.

“We’ve had aggressive practices as of late, in trying to improve our ball possessions, and tonight that hard work in practice paid off,” said Iron Mountain head coach Joe Pacheco. “I’m happy with our effort tonight, the boys worked hard.”

The highly competitive game was scoreless until the 24:48 mark of the opening half, when Kingsford senior Dennis Neuens made a great play on the ball and snuck a 60-foot shot past Iron Mountain goalie Reece Kangas to give the visiting Flivvers a 1-0 lead.

From about the midway point of the first half to the intermission, the ball was on the Mountaineers side of the field. In the waning seconds of the period, after receiving a cross pass from one of his Iron Mountain teammates, senior Kurt Audio-Ryan snuck a goal past Kingsford net minder Ethan Gribble, with two seconds remaining on the clock to tie the score at 1-1.

“We didn’t play our game plan tonight, what we had worked on in practice, we didn’t execute it,” said Kingsford head coach Jeff Gordon. “These kids are all friends with one another, and it’s enjoyable to play against them. But no excuses, they played better than us tonight.”

Iron Mountain and Kingsford will face one another again on Monday at 5 p.m. at Commemorative Field, with the Flivvers serving as the home team.

“Our conditioning has gotten to where I hoped it would as well,” added Pacheco.

Both teams return to action on Thursday, as the Flivvers will host Escanaba, while Iron Mountain will travel to Ironwood.

The Flivvers will compete in a tournament at Lakeland High School in Minocqua, Wis., on Saturday, with their opening game opponent being a familiar foe, Marquette.

Iron Mountain 2, Kingsford 1

1st Half:

K- Dennis Neuens, (Unassisted), 15:12

IM – Kurt Audio-Ryan, 39:58

2nd Half:

IM – Dylan Wolsker, (P.K), 3:56

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